New Zealand Pacific Party

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New Zealand Pacific Party
Leader Taito Philip Field
Founded 2008
Dissolved 2010
Ideology Social conservatism, Christian democracy, communitarianism
Colours Purple
MPs in the House of Representatives 0

The New Zealand Pacific Party was a Christian political party that existed in New Zealand from 2008 to 2010. The party was founded as a vehicle for former Labour MP Taito Phillip Field, who was subsequently convicted for bribery and corruption.[1] It aimed to represent Pacific Island communities within New Zealand, and support Christian and "family values" and social justice.[2]

Formation[edit]

Feld became an MP in 1993 for the Labour party, originally for the Otara electorate then, when that seat was abolished in 1996, for Māngere. In February 2007 he was expelled from Labour, staying in parliament as an independent. In April 2007 Field told The Sunday Star-Times he would form a new political party based on family values. Mr Field cited opposition to Sue Bradford's Bill to remove the defence for child discipline as an example of a "groundswell of Christian people" and stated "There is a vacuum, there is room for a political party... people are looking for a new vehicle."[3] Mr Field also had meetings with Richard Lewis, leader of Destiny Church political party Destiny New Zealand, over a possible alliance.[4] The party was registered on 24 April 2008,[5] and officially launched on 16 August 2008.[6] It claimed to have over 3000 members in August 2008.[7]

2008 election and deregistration[edit]

The Pacific Party lost its single constituency seat in New Zealand's Parliament in the 2008 general election. Taito Philip Field lost his Māngere electorate seat to Labour's William Sio; Field got 5,525 votes compared to Sio's 12,651. In the party vote, the Pacific Party attracted 8,640 votes, or 0.37% of the total electorate vote in New Zealand. With under 5% of the party vote and no electorate seats, the Pacific Party did not meet the threshold to enter Parliament.

After the election, nothing further was heard from the Pacific Party for almost two years. On 2 September 2010 the party was deregistered.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guilty verdicts for Taito Phillip Field". The New Zealand Herald. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Field moves to register 'Pacific Party'". Stuff. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Field to set up 'family values' political party". The New Zealand Herald. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Newstalk ZB. "Destiny Church and Phillip Field alliance?". Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Electoral Commission registration decisions and consideration of complaints". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  6. ^ "Pacific Party confident of success". Newstalk ZB. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  7. ^ "Pacific Party confident of strong showing at election". Radio New Zealand. 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Cancellation of registration of political party and logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 9 January 2017.